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WAYNESVILLE — Johnny Lee Conner, 75, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021, at Mission Hospital.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Herman and Ruby Gunter Conner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Conner. Johnny proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Sergeant in the National Guard for 20 years.

He was employed by Champion International in the steam plant for 24 years. Some of Johnny’s favorite hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, digging ginseng and old cars. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Johnny is survived by his wife, of 52 years, Linda Mull Conner; daughter, Angie Conner (Ken Neal): son, Todd Conner; a sister, Cathy Lowdermilk (Kent); sisters-in-law; Shirley and Kay Conner; four brothers, Ricky Conner, Dean Conner, Danny Conner (Tonuia), and Clyde Conner (Deb); six grandchildren, Kristen Mashburn (Blake Carpenter), Briana Mashburn (Jacob Hollifield), Isis Conner, Teran Conner (Haylee), Jason and Timber Conner; and three great grandchildren, Blaze Carpenter, Charlie Mashburn, and Roselyn Conner (due in June).

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville with the Rev. Kent Lowdermilk officiating, military rites will follow the service. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the funeral home.

The care of Johnny has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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